8 Tips to Get Your Siding Looking Fantastic
Over time, the siding on your house can become less than (curb) appealing. Stains from dirt, mold, mildew and algae can build up. A little care with regular cleaning is required to keep it looking great. But sometimes the manufacturer’s warranty may be voided if proper maintenance is not performed. Luckily, 30 SECONDS Outdoor Cleaner makes the job simple and easy! Here are 8 Tips to Get Your Siding Looking Fantastic!
1) Do plan ahead!
They say, “It’s always wise to think before you act”. The same holds true here. Plan to wear old clothes and avoid picking a hot day when drying time would be accelerated. You should think about the size of your job to make sure you have enough product and the proper tools available. You don’t want to be forced to take time-wasting trips to grab extra supplies right in the middle of the job. You should also consider warranty and maintenance guidelines from the manufacturer of your siding. Another good practice is always doing a small patch test first. Paint and stain can breakdown over time. Once you have determined you're good to go, just spray on 30 SECONDS Outdoor Cleaner, wait, brush as needed and then rinse! It’s that easy.
2) Do think about safety!
Take the proper steps to protect yourself from accidents. Sunglasses or eyewear can help protect your eyes from falling debris. If you plan to use a ladder and need assistance, arrange for helpers to be available. Cover any outlets with duct tape and make sure electricity is off. Look around the building and remove all objects that may snag a hose or cause you to trip.
3) Do think about water damage!
Save yourself a needless headache and take a minute to make sure all of your windows are securely closed. Water can cause damage if it’s pushed up under pieces of siding, allowing mold and mildew to form, loosening it or causing it to warp. Work in small sections, from the bottom up and spray at angles to avoid forcing water up under siding or leaking in around doors and windows. Avoid using harsh pressure washing. Pressure washing can gouge out chunks of your siding and void your warranty. Use a cleaner like 30 SECONDS Outdoor Cleaner for gentle and effective siding maintenance.
4) Do follow the directions on the bottle!
Recommended wait times for the job are listed on the label. Like our name says, 30 SECONDS Outdoor Cleaner begins to work in just 30 seconds, however, the optimal wait times vary with siding material and level of staining. For textured surfaces or heavy grime, a gentle brushing may be necessary. Make sure you follow the correct directions for the best possible results.
5) Do allow extra soak time for porous surfaces fiber cement, brick or stucco.
If the siding looks dry soon after spraying, you probably need to use more product. Use heavy saturation and extra time to achieve the best results.
6) Don’t forget downspouts and gutters!
Dirt and grime can build up on your gutters and downspouts quickly. The moist crevices provide a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow and spread. You’ll want to give them a good cleaning, too.
7) Do brush with the grain if you have wood siding.
30 SECONDS Outdoor Cleaner works great on wood siding, cedar shake, even log cabins! You may need a long-handled scrub brush to loosen debris and stains in textured wood. Go with the grain and soft rinse with a hose to prevent damage.
8) Do rinse thoroughly.
Don’t allow product to dry on your windows or landscaping. Give your windows an extra rinse to prevent any film from the product drying on them. 30 SECONDS Outdoor Cleaner is safe to use around your lawn and plants, but a quick rinse will help excess run off and break up harmlessly in the ground. These tips will make regular siding maintenance simple and keep your home looking great year after year!